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Snapshot for day one of the first Test

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Justin Chadwick


Score: South Africa 242, Australia 0-105

Man of the moment: Quinton de Kock. The wicketkeeper-batsman entered the fray with South Africa struggling at 5-81. But by the time his 84-run knock was over, South Africa had moved to 9-227.

Key moment: Australia's fielding had come under heavy criticism heading into this Test series, so Mitch Marsh's first-over catch was vitally important to set the tone. Marsh took an outstretched diving catch at gully to remove opener Stephen Cook for a duck. It gave Australian an all-important confidence boost. Later in the day, Mitch's brother Shaun took a one-handed beauty at short leg to continue the theme.

Stat of the day: 106.3- David Warner's Test average at the WACA Ground.

Summary: Australia took the opening-day spoils in commanding fashion, but they will be tad disappointed they didn't bowl South Africa out for cheaper. The Proteas were in all sorts of bother at 4-32 and 5-81, before fighting knocks from Temba Bavuma (51) and Quinton de Kock (84) lifted the visitors to a respectable total. Australian pace duo Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc combined for seven wickets in a promising return, before David Warner (73no) did the damage with the bat.

Quote of the day: "It's quite gutsy for Mitchell Starc to be out there. It's good to see." - Former Test spinner Shane Warne praises Starc's effort in the paceman's first Test back since suffering a big gash in his leg.

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